Sebastian Vettel Raises Serious Concerns With F1’s Expanded Calendar

Published 10/16/2021, 8:28 AM EDT
Motor racing – Formula One – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


This year’s F1 season has arguably been one of the most exciting seasons the sport has witnessed in a long time. And with six races still remain this season, F1 has revealed the racing calendar for next season after being approved by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council.

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The next season will begin in Bahrain on March 20 and end in Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi on November 20. Moreover, the 2022 season will be the longest season in Formula 1 history with 23 races.

However, the four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, has raised some concerns regarding the expanding season.

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What did Sebastian Vettel say?

The Aston Martin driver believes F1 races will stop being ‘special’ and the teams on the grid are at risk of losing their crew members because of the expanded racing calendar.

“This is only my opinion, and it’s not worth anything, but I think we should not have that many races,” said Sebastian Vettel.

“I think one, maybe it’s too many races for the people to watch. It’s not special anymore if there’s that many. And second, I feel for [the staff].

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 29: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Aston Martin F1 Team walks the track during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 29, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

“They arrived Monday or Saturday the week before. They build the garage, prepare the cars, and then also they have to run the full week and then pack down, send everything back, and prepare back in the factory,” added the German.

Andreas Seidl against triple headers

Although all the teams on the grid have duly complied with the proposed racing schedule for the next season. However, the McLaren team principal, Andreas Seidl, has posed a dispute regarding triple-headers earlier this year.

With the two hectic triple-headers already concluded this season, the German engineer has shared his desire to be no triple headers at all from the next season because of a hectic schedule for mechanics and support crew.

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As quoted by Motorsport, when asked about triple-headers, Andreas Seidl replied: “Important topic is also the number of triple-headers.”

BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 27: McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl looks on from the pitwall during Day Two of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 27, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“From my point of view, we should avoid them completely, again, to reduce the burden on our people. The calendar should try to get through with avoiding any triple-headers, to be honest,” concluded the McLaren boss.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull, and hopes the former breaks Lewis Hamilton's dominance.

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